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Environmental wireless sensor network (EWSN) systems are deployed in potentially harsh and remote environments where inevitable node and communication failures must be tolerated. LUSTER---Light Under Shrub Thicket for Environmental Research---is a system that meets the challenges of EWSNs using a hierarchical architecture that includes distributed reliable(More)
Although brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) of myocardial origin is important in cardiovascular and renal function and as a marker of cardiac dysfunction, the expression of BNP in atrial and ventricular myocardium remains controversial both under normal conditions and in heart failure. We therefore determined left atrial and left ventricular (LV) gene(More)
The major class of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) receptors was isolated from cultured vascular smooth muscle cells, and a partial amino acid sequence was obtained. This allowed the isolation of cDNA clones from which the entire amino acid sequence was established. The smooth muscle cell ANP receptor appears to be synthesized as a 537-amino acid precursor(More)
We conducted large scale gene expression analysis of the response of macrophages to exposure to oxidized low density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL). Much of the vessel wall lesion of atherosclerosis is composed of macrophages that have become engorged with cholesterol. These resulting "foam cells" contribute to the progression of vascular disease through several(More)
The ABC1 transporter was identified as the defect in Tangier disease by a combined strategy of gene expression microarray analysis, genetic mapping, and biochemical studies. Patients with Tangier disease have a defect in cellular cholesterol removal, which results in near zero plasma levels of HDL and in massive tissue deposition of cholesteryl esters.(More)
A recombinant vaccinia virus has been used to direct the expression of the atrial natriuretic peptide clearance receptor (ANP C-receptor) in mammalian cell lines normally deficient in this protein. The recombinant receptor binds 125I-ANP-(102-126) in a specific and saturable manner and carboxyl-terminal truncated and internal-deleted ANP analogs bind to(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy can lead to heart failure (HF), but it is unpredictable which hypertrophied myocardium will progress to HF. We surmised that apart from hypertrophy-related genes, failure-related genes are expressed before the onset of failure, permitting molecular prediction of HF. Hearts from hypertensive homozygous renin-overexpressing (Ren-2) rats(More)
Pancreatic distension with collagenase solution followed by stationary in vitro digestion yields large numbers of intact islets. We compared in rats two routes of collagenase injection, pancreatic ductal (PD) and portal venous (PV), for islet yield, in vitro insulin secretory capacities, and in vivo functional viability. The islet yield in the PD method (n(More)
In a DBA/2 (H-2d) pancreatic islet-to-B6AF1 (H-2b/k.d) recipient combination, the graft survival of hand-picked islets was compared with that of "crude digested" islets that were prepared simply by collagenase digestion and Ficoll gradient separation and were contaminated with lymph nodes and vascular and ductal tissue. Islet allografts were transplanted(More)
BACKGROUND Pathological aspects of atherosclerosis are well described, but gene profiles during atherosclerotic plaque progression are largely unidentified. METHODS AND RESULTS Microarray analysis was performed on mRNA of aortic arches of ApoE-/- mice fed normal chow (NC group) or Western-type diet (WD group) for 3, 4.5, and 6 months. Of 10 176 reporters,(More)